The critically injured 18-year-old is currently on life support at DMCH
The female student of a Feni madrasa, now being treated with severe burn injuries, will be flown to Singapore for advanced medical treatment, if necessary, following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s order.
The 18-year-old is now battling injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after suffering 75% burns.
DMCH burn unit Chief Coordinator Samanta Lal Sen on Monday told reporters that the prime minister has asked to make arrangements to airlift her to Singapore if her condition warrants.
“We have already forwarded her medical details to Singapore and will initiate the process of transferring after receiving a response,” he said.
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Flanked by the prime minister’s Special Assistant Biplab Barua, who went to visit the girl, Samanta said that hospitals in Singapore are reluctant to admit patients with such severe burns. “But still we have got in touch with them.”
Health Minister Zahid Maleque, after visiting the girl at DMCH in the evening, also told reporters: “The girl is currently on life support as she cannot breathe on her own. I spoke to her family members and informed them that the prime minister has ordered to take the girl abroad if situation favours.”
Biplab also said that the government will bear all the expenses for the victim’s treatment in Singapore. “The perpetrators will not be spared, but the priority now is the girl’s health condition,” he said.
The student, a resident of Sonagazi municipality, came under arson attack after she went to the Sonagazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa on Saturday morning to sit for her Alim examinations, equivalent to Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) tests.
Four burqa-clad students called her to the roof and threatened her to withdraw the case her family previously filed against the institute’s Principal Sirajuddaula over an alleged rape attempt.
They set her on fire after pouring kerosene on her when she refused, according to her family.
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Police and others rescued her after hearing her cries for help and rushed her to Sonagazi Upazila Health complex, from where she was shifted to Feni General Hospital before transferring to the DMCH.
On Monday morning, she was put on life support at DMCH’s burn unit after her condition deteriorated.
Doctors had earlier said that her injuries appeared to be life-threatening.